I have had two pamphlets and a collection of poems published and co edited an anthology of poetry from Essex. My poems have been widely published in magazines and anthologies in both the UK and abroad.
I have performed poetry at festivals and venues around the country.
My poems have been recorded and broadcast on Poetry Please BBC Radio4, BBC local radio and were featured in I Leave This at Your Ear the listening wall at the Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall as part of the 2014 Poetry International.
I have led poetry writing workshops with diverse groups in libraries, poetry festivals, folk festivals, creative writing groups and wildlife centres, keen to take my passion for poetry to new audiences and have been organising events in conjunction with Essex Libraries reader development team since 2008, talking to book groups about poetry.
I was Poet in Residence at the 2015 Ely Folk Festival, providing poetry workshops for children for Arts Development in East Cambridgeshire.
I have an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths and Level 3 Award in Education and Training.
unconcerned but not indifferent - the life of Man Ray (Ninth Arrondissement Press 2006)
Everyday Objects, Chance Remarks (Littoral Press 2005)
Postcards to Olympus (Poetry Monthly Press 2004)
Poetry Space (Green spaces) 2010
BBC Wildlife Poet of the Year 2006
Poetry Monthly Booklet Award 2004
I have had two pamphlets and a collection of poems published. My poems have been published in many magazines including: Acumen; Ambit; Envoi; Frogmore Papers; The Interpreters House; Magma; Nth Position; Obsessed With Pipework; Rialto; Seam; Smith's Knoll; Stride, Tears In The Fence, The Wolf.
Also in anthologies including: Days begin… (Wivenhoe Books 2015), GOLD: 30 years of Southend Poetry (Southend Poetry 2015), Inspired by Hungarian poetry: British poets in conversation with Attila József (2013), From the City to the Saltings: Poems from Essex. (Poetry in Practice 2013), Birdbook 2: Freshwater Habitats (Sidekick Books 2012), Snap (Templar Poetry 2010), Ava Gardner: Touches of Venus (Entasis Press 2010), Genius Floored (Soaring Penguin 2009), Losing the Edge (Ragged Raven Press 2009), Buzz (Templar Poetry 2008), Lifemarks: Poetry about the big events of life (Cub. December 2007)
I have been a featured poet at various venues including Coffee House Poetry at the Troubadour, Oxfam Reading Series, Derwent Poetry Festival, Enfield Poets, Poetrywivenhoe, Essex Poetry Festival, Poetry Café, Ware Poets, Lumen Poetry Series, Camden Poetry Series. Ride the Word, Poets off the Shelf and Shakespeare & Co, Paris. I was poet in residence for the 2015 Ely Folk Festival.
My poems have been broadcast on Poetry Please BBC Radio 4, BBC local radio and were featured in
I Leave This at Your Ear the listening wall at the Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall as part of the 2014 Poetry International.
2013 From the City to the Saltings: Poems from Essex. co-editor
2012 Sentinel Champions 11 (The Sentinel Literary Quarterly Writing Competitions Magazine) co-editor
2010 Sentinel Champions 5 (The Sentinel Literary Quarterly Writing Competitions Magazine) co-editor
2013 Inspired by Hungarian poetry: British poets in conversation with Attila József. Hungarian Cultural Centre, London.
2012 Did I Hear That, a creative project with Royal Philharmonic Society exploring music as a source of inspiration.
It was wonderful to have Derek joining the ADeC team at the 2015 Ely Folk Festival. He showed great flexibility not only by filling the 'festival poet' post at the last minute but also by working with a wide range of people of all ages. He inspired festival goers to create of a number of pieces and facilitated the sharing of these with the festival audience on Sunday afternoon.
I know the Folk Festival committee were also very pleased with how he contributed to the event and were delighted with the results.
ADEC (Arts Development in East Cambridgeshire)
I have worked with Derek and the Essex Poetry Festival since 2012, arranging poetry readings for book groups and other invited guests in libraries. Derek and his colleagues have always been easy to work with, organised and accommodating.
Derek has performed at events in each of those years, reading a selection of his and other’s poems, and facilitating discussion about his work and inspirations, and poetry generally. I attended one of Derek’s sessions. He chose a varied and appropriate set of poems, which I found moving and inspiring, and the arising discussion stimulating. My impression was echoed by audiences at his other events:
‘He made an excellent choice of a selection of poets.’
‘Very enjoyable and moving.’
‘Great to hear a REAL poet reading his poems.…really comes alive when one hears poetry read aloud.’
‘Very interesting, loved talking to the poet afterwards.’
‘The poet spoke clearly, was very receptive in the Q and A after the reading.’
‘Will there be any more? Very helpful with my own writing.’
Face to Face Development Officer, Essex County Council
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